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Our 2015 - 2016 Concert Schedule

Programs are subject to change

Printable Schedule: SJCMS 2015 - 2016 Brochure (PDF)

Our 6 Subscription Concerts

7:00 PM - Sunday

Oct. 25, 2015

Dalí Quartet (Philadelphia) with
clarinetist Ricardo Morales (Philadelphia)

opening the season with Classical Roots [Mozart] and Latin Soul [Turina and Villa-Lobos]!

“Exquisite [playing], fleet technique, musical grace, and lyricism” – The New York Times

7:00 PM - Sunday

Nov. 15, 2015

Imani Winds (New York City) with pianist Jon Nakamatsu (Bay Area)

The Imani Winds, Grammy-nominated, and Jon Nakamatsu are performing Mozart, Nielsen, Rimsky-Korsakov, Jeff Scott and more!

“something vibrant, accessible, and fun.” – Boston Globe.

8:00 PM - Saturday

Jan. 23, 2016

Henschel Quartett (Germany) and Telegraph Quartet (Bay Area)

join forces for Mendelssohn and Gade Octets –plus Britten and Schulhoff!

“This is, no question, one of the best groups in the world, a great string quartet.” – L.A. Times

7:00 PM - Sunday

Feb. 14, 2016

Flanders Recorder Quartet (Belgium)

Music of Bach and a feast of selections from Medieval to contemporary!

“The players...combined the breathy timbre of a portative organ with the expressive interplay of a fine string quartet.” – The New York Times

7:00 PM - Sunday

Apr. 10, 2016

Escher String Quartet (New York City)

Playing Mozart, Szymanowski, and Schubert!

“its polish and tonal beauty.” – The New York Times

“Put simply, this group has all the qualities necessary to be the next Emerson or Juilliard Quartet.” – Denver Post


8:00 PM - Saturday

Apr. 30, 2016


Trio con Brio Copenhagen (Denmark)

Playing Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky!

“Glowing reports hold true. The Trio con Brio Copenhagen clearly occupies a lofty perch in today’s musical scene.” – Washington Post


Concerts are held at the historic Le Petit Trianon Theatre, 72 N. Fifth Street in downtown San Jose, 1/2 block north of E. Santa Clara Street. Each event begins with a pre-concert talk forty-five minutes before the concert.




Dali Quarter with clarinetist Ricardo Morales

October 25, 2015 -    
(Sunday at 7:00PM)

PROGRAM

  • Joaquín TURINA La Oración del Torero, Op.34 (1925, Spain)
  • MOZART Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K.581 (1789)
  • Efraín AMAYA Angélica (2000, Venezuela)
  • VILLA-LOBOS  Quartet No.1 (1915, Brazil)
  • Carlos GARDEL El día que me quieras (1935, Argentina)
  • Abelardito VALDES Danzón Almendra (1938, Cuba)
  • Paquito D’RIVERA Preludio y Merengue (1990, Cuba)

Pre-Concert Talk: Roger Emanuels with Dalí members
(at 6:15PM)

MUSIC

Turina’s “Bullfighter’s Prayer” vividly expresses complex emotions and conflicted thoughts.

Mozart’s Quintet is loved for its gentle beauty, soulful arioso, and good cheer.

The second half is an enjoyable variety of 20th C. works by Latin-American composers; the D’Rivera includes clarinet.

ARTISTS

Dalí Quartet, anchored in both Venezuela’s El Sistema and in American classical conservatory traditions, is today’s freshest voice in Classical and Latin-American music. Their captivating playing and repertoire take listeners on an exciting journey of rhythm and sound.
Ricardo Morales (Puerto Rico) is Principal Clarinet of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and teaches at Juilliard and Curtis. “Exquisite [playing], fleet technique, musical grace, and lyricism” – The New York Times
 

Dali QuartetRicardo Morales



Imani Winds with Jon Nakamatsu

November 15, 2015 -    
(Sunday at 7:00PM)

PROGRAM

  • MOZART Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-Flat Major, K.452 (1784)
  • Carl NIELSEN Woodwind Quintet, Op.43 (1922)
  • RIMSKY-KORSAKOV music from Scheherazade, Op.35 (1888)
  • Jeff SCOTT (Imani hornist) Poem for a Lost King (2012)
  • Solo piano piece TBA
  • Traditional Klezmer pieces

Pre-Concert Talk: Roger Emanuels (at 6:15PM)

MUSIC

Mozart deemed his piano/winds quintet “the best thing” he had yet written.

Nielsen’s neo-classical and modernist Wind Quintet shows his appreciation of nature, and of the distinctiveness of wind instruments.

Imani composer Jeff Scott says, “Lost King is a musical poem written as a metaphorical homage to the countless African kings, chiefs and village elders expelled and abducted from their homeland during the middle passage.”

ARTISTS

Imani Winds, Grammy-nominated, have brought a distinct presence to classical music, through dynamic playing, poignant programming, and adventurous collaborations.
Jon Nakamatsu, Bay Area native and Van Cliburn winner, wins unanimous praise as a true aristocrat of the keyboard, whose playing combines elegance, clarity, and electrifying power. 

Imani WindsJon Nakamatsu



Henschel Quartett and Telegraph Quartet

January 23, 2016 -  
(Saturday at 8:00PM)

PROGRAM

  • MENDELSSOHN Octet in E-Flat Major, Op.20 (1825)
  • Niels GADE Octet in F Major, Op.17 (1849, Denmark)
  • BRITTEN Three Divertimenti (1933)
  • Erwin SCHULHOFF String Quartet No.1 (1924, Prague)

Pre-Concert Talk:  Roger Emanuels  (at 7:15PM)

MUSIC

Mendelssohn called his consummate Octet, composed at age 16, “my favorite of all my compositions”.
Niels Gade (1870-1890), the leading Danish composer of his era, was befriended in the 1840s by Mendelssohn, who became an important influence on Gade’s music.

ARTISTS

Henschel Quartett’s 21-year distinguished international career started in 1994 with three Henschel siblings. The quartet won multiple prizes at the Evian, Banff, Salzburg and Osaka Competitions. The New York Times called their playing “transfixing.” “This is, no question, one of the best groups in the world, a great string quartet.” L.A. Times.

Telegraph Quartet, formed in San Francisco in 2013, won the prestigious Fischoff Competition Grand Prize. In 2014/15 they play multiple concerts at San Francisco Conservatory, at the Presidio, and at Kneisel Hall Music Festival. Their mission: “to tell the music’s emotional story.”

Henschel QuartettTelegraph Quartet




Flanders Recorder Quartet

February 14, 2016 -  
(Sunday at 7:00PM)

PROGRAM

  • BACH / 1st half:
        • Contrapuncti from The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080

          Concerto in D Minor (after Vivaldi Op.3/#8)

          Passacaglia in G Minor, BWV 582

          Concerto in F Major, BWV 595

  • BANQUET / 2nd half:
      • MERULA canzon la Lusignuola (17th C.)

        ANONYMOUS Czaldy Waldy & La Manfredina (c. 1400)

        Jan VAN DER ROOST I Continenti (2002)

        STRAUSS Pizzicato Polka (1869)

        Jan VAN LANDEGHEM Non più Mesta (b. 1954)

Pre-Concert Talk:   FRQ members (at 6:15PM)

MUSIC

FRQ’s respectful arrangements of Bach reflect their boundless admiration for Bach’s musical architecture and his exploration of musical color. Complementing the all-Bach first half, their second half offers delectable ‘courses’ – Medieval to contemporary – from their acclaimed ‘Banchetto Musicale’ (musical banquet) program.

ARTISTS

Flanders Recorder Quartet has captivated audiences on five continents in over 2,000 concerts, featuring their highly praised arrangements and new compositions written for them. Prize-winning recordings on Harmonia Mundi, Archiv/DG, Ricercar, Opus III, and Aeolus. “The players...combined the breathy timbre of a portative organ with the expressive interplay of a fine string quartet.” – The New York Times

Flanders Recorder Quartet

 


Escher String Quartet

April 10, 2016 -  
(Sunday at 7:00PM)


PROGRAM

  • MOZART “Prussian” Quartet in D Major, K.575 (1789)
  • Karol SYMANOWSKI (1882-1937) Quartet No.1 in C Major, Op.37 (1917)
  • SCHUBERT Quartet in D Minor, D.810, “Death and the Maiden” (1824)

Pre-Concert Talk:  Roger Emanuels  (at 6:15PM)

MUSIC

Mozart’s three graceful and happy Quartets for the King of Prussia, a fine cellist, give the cello prominence and achieve a rare buoyancy of spirit.

Karol Szymanowski – Poland’s unique, eclectic 20th C. composer – uncannily blends late Romanticism and impressionism.

Schubert’s lyrical, compelling and dramatic Quartet #14 shows his talent for melody and for song, drawing on his “Der Tod und das Madchen” (1817).

ARTISTS

Escher String Quartet, has won praise for its profound musical insight and cohesion and “its polish and tonal beauty.”– The New York Times. BBC New Generation Artists from 2010-2012, and recipients in 2013 of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. “Put simply, this group has all the qualities necessary to be the next Emerson or Juilliard Quartet.” – Denver Post

Escher String Quartet




Trio con Brio Copenhagen

April 30, 2016 -  
(Saturday at 8:00PM)

PROGRAM

  • BEETHOVEN Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op.70/#2 (1808)
  • SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Trio No.1, Op.8 (1923)
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Trio in A Minor, Op.50 (1881-82) ‘In memory of a great artist’

Pre-Concert Talk:  Roger Emanuels (at 7:15PM)

MUSIC

Beethoven’s E-flat Trio is an amiable work of great freshness and high appeal, with an overall gemütlichkeit (cozy comfortableness).

Enjoy the Romanticism of young Shostakovich’s rarely heard first trio.
Tchaikovsky’s breathtakingly lyrical trio was written to commemorate the life of his longtime friend and former teacher, Nicholas Rubinstein, Director of the Moscow Conservatory, who died 1881.

ARTISTS

Trio con Brio Copenhagen [with two sisters and a cellist-pianist married couple] are in great demand as worldwide touring artists. Since its inception in 1999 the trio has won most of the international competitions for piano trio, including the ARD (Munich), Vittorio Gui (Florence), Trondheim (Norway), and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award (USA). “Glowing reports hold true. The Trio con Brio Copenhagen clearly occupies a lofty perch in today’s musical scene.” – Washington Post, 2013

Trio con Brio Copenhagen